expungement - founded report
DM v. DPW – Cmwlth Court – August 3, 2015
The court upheld DPW’s dismissal of D.M.’s (Petitioner) appeal to expunge a founded report of child abuse maintained in the ChildLine Registry pursuant to the Child Protective Services Law (CPS Law).
It rejected arguments that (i)the record from Petitioner’s criminal proceeding did contian sufficient facts to serve as the basis for a “founded” report of child abuse; and (ii) that a report of suspected child abuse based upon court action must be reported as “unfounded” if it is not finalized within sixty (60) days of the date of criminal sentencing.
The subject child was seventeen years old at the time of the events at issue and a resident at a facility for adolescents. Petitioner was employed at the residential facility and in his capacity as a staff member and supervisor was responsible for Child’s welfare.
Petitioner pleaded no content to a harassment charge. The information filed by the District Attorney stated that the harassment charge was based upon the following:
with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, [Petitioner] did communicate to or about such other person any lewd, lascivious, threatening or obscene words, language, drawings or caricatures, in that [Petitioner] did state to a seventeen (17) year old female victim “I bet you don’t shave your [p---y].” and/or did ask the victim what kind of underwear she was wearing and/or did grab his penis in front of the victim while stating “I bet you can’t handle this.”